New Delhi, Apr 6 : Trading community will have a decisive role in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections as there are about 7 crore traders across country and nearly 30 crore people are dependent upon these traders for their livelihood and if their votes are converted into a vote bank, the election scenario can be changed completely, said Confederation of All India Traders national president B.C. Bhartia.
Mr Bhartia in a statement said that trading community feel grossly neglected as their core issues are not being addressed properly since decades.
"It is sad that no party has ever taken traders on its priority and no efforts were ever made to ensure systematic and structured growth of domestic trade in the country. It is irony that traders are considered as core vote bank of BJP and that is why the other political parties keep distance from the traders.
"Whereas on the other hand BJP also never gives due importance to its core vote bank," he added.
"The traders feel themselves like an orphan child in political spectrum of the country despite their strong presence.
"The votes of crores of traders and the people dependent on them for their livelihood will be decisive in deciding the future of candidates in 195 Lok Sabha Constituencies in 19 states. Therefore, the role of traders have become crucial in the forthcoming elections as they are trying to consolidate the trading community across the country into a Vote bank," Mr Bhartia said which is an outcome of a deep analysis of the traders' strength made at the just concluded National Traders Conference held at Puducherry by the CAIT attended by more than 200 prominent trade leaders from 26 states.
These 195 seats includes---3 seats in Delhi (Chandni Chowk, New Delhi & South Delhi), 33 seats in UP, 11 seats in Rajasthan, 13 seats in Gujarat, 21 seats in Maharashtra, 14 seats in MP, 4 seats in Chattisgarh, 16 seats in West Bengal.
Also, seven seats in North East region, 6 seats in Jharkhand, 15 seats in Bihar, 16 seats in Tamil Nadu, 3 seats in Telangana, 4 seats in Andhra Pradesh, 5 seats in Kerala, 7 seats in Odisha, 4 seats in Haryana, 3 seats in Punjab and 10 seats in Karnataka.
These seats have prominent dominance and influence of traders.
Prominent seats among 195 seats include---Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur, Jhansi, Pune, Nagpur, Akola, Kolhapur, Surat, Vadodara, Jamnagar, Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Bhuvneshwar, Gauhati, Kolkata, Midnapore, Siliguri, Asansol, Raipur, Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Banglore, Hyderabad, Tirupati, Cochin, Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Sonepat, Muzaffarpur, Jammu, Jaipur, Udaipur, Bhilwara, Ajmer, Alwar etc.
Out of 195 seats about 70 per cent are in urban areas and 30 per cent in semi-rural or rural areas. (UNI)